Tenner Week October 2011: The Rules

Next week, starting on Monday, I’ll be doing another Tenner Week. This time everyone’s welcome to join in – here are the rules if you fancy it.

Rule 1: You work in cash, allowing £10 for the week.

Rule 2 : You must not sit at home watching television all night, every night (you can pick 2 films, or 3 hours of TV shows to watch at home during the week)

The £10 doesn’t include rent, utility bills, direct debits and things like gym memberships, courses you have already paid for, and gift vouchers you’ve received.

The £10 also excludes a weekly travel card or bus pass, or petrol for work trips. Some of us travel miles to and from work, others work from home, so we need a level playing field.

You get bonus points for:

  • Using things up that you already have
  • Mending or altering something
  • Keeping fit
  • Doing something relaxing
  • Keeping in touch with friends
  • Finding a freebie
  • Learning something new
  • Being creative
  • Having 1 or 2 days where you spend nothing

The last Tenner Week I did, the money went on coffee with friends, a tip for the waitress, a pair of socks and some art materials. Everything I ate at home was out of cupboards, left over in the fridge, or hanging around in the freezer. I also called in a few favours (a couple of people owed me dinner and drinks). No idea what it’s going to be like this time around. Let’s see.

Are you going to give it a try too?


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  1. Well Penny, It sounds like my typical week. My freezer is full. All my lunches will come from there, so too will our evening meals.
    I am in the process of altering some clothes and revamping my wardrobe as I lose weight. I cannot afford new so I am having to find stuff that fits and alter what else I can find.
    Also knitting a new cardie from recycled wool I unpicked recently.
    So I am up for the challenge

  2. Count me in! Moved into the new house today, so a big food shop and the purchase of a washing machine today means I’ll have to keep to a very strict budget next week. We’ve got friends coming over on Monday so I’ll be cooking for them instead of ordering in, and will spend most of the week unpacking, organising, walking around the local area to get my bearings and doing lots of cooking to fill up the freezer with meals.

  3. What an amazing idea! My husband laughed his head off when I showed this to him. He says I don’t stand a chance of being able to live off just £10 for a week but I think he is rather hoping I can! Having just come back from a financially crippling but incredibly enjoyable trip to New York, this couldnt have come at a better time! Sadly it’s half term this week so things could get tricky with the kids!

  4. Hi Daisy Mae – that’s great to hear! I know you have some real skills with this already, so can’t wait to see what you come up with.

    Hey Emma – Congratulations on your new home! I hope you and your other half will be very happy there. Hope you settle in nicely and have a good tenner week too 🙂

    Hello Sally – You should turn to hubby and say ‘oh ye of little faith’! Maybe you could see what we get up to this week and try it for yourself the following week, once the kids are back in school.

    P xx

  5. Hi!
    I have declared my allegiance to this challenge over at The Lean Times, and am signing up here too, just to spur myself on!

  6. I am going to give this a go, it sounds hard though. I am not going to do it this week but going to try next week due to half term 🙂

  7. Thanks everyone, and good luck! Please keep in touch and let us know how you all get on.

  8. Oooh, this will give me an opportunity to do all those things I’ve been meaning to do for ages, cut out the jacket from the fabric that’s been in my cupboard for 5 years, alter the clothes that are all now too big, or better still donate them to the charity bag which was left on my doorstep this week and resist the temptation to buy unnecessary food items, when I know I have a cupboard and freezer full of food. . . . .

  9. Hi Christine – I can’t wait to hear what you get up to! Sounds like you’re going to be busy though.

    P x

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